While it does truly feel like you're inside a little blue box, the setting inside is remarkably calm. We even went during a holiday weekend—right in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—and despite all of the busy (and exhausting) crowds outside, it was peaceful inside the café. No yelling, no loud voices. It's also on the fourth floor of the building, so not only is it removed from the noise of foot traffic, but it’s quite possible people on the ground don’t know about it unless they’re looking for it.
One look at the prices on the menu, however, and you know that this isn’t just a place you drop in for a cup of coffee. Truly, it is a destination, not a pit stop. A spot for special occasion, a friend or family member visiting from out of town, or a one-time visit because you’re an Audrey Hepburn fangirl. (Clearly, I fall into the last category.)
With all of that about the pricing (and reservations required) in mind, you get a pretty good experience overall. I ordered “breakfast” (at 3:30PM). Can you believe this is the first time I’ve ordered avocado toast? Ever? Truly! I knew it came with tea (I ordered the “Tiffany Blend” as I always sample the house blend on my first visit to a new tea place), but I didn’t realize it also came with the croissant and fruit bowl. I thought that was its own menu item, but clearly I didn’t read closely enough. So I was pleasantly surprised when I had so much more on the table than expected.
Yes, the Blue Box Café is very overpriced, which drew plenty of mockery when it first opened. But again, I knew what we were getting into here—and the food happened to be really good. Believe me, I’ve been to enough tea rooms at five-star hotels to know that just because a place is famous, ritzy, expensive, or all of the above doesn’t mean any of it will taste good. Thus, if you’re going for a special treat, you won’t be disappointed.